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Why the iPhone X will probably never see its first birthday

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If you’ve been debating whether to buy an iPhone X, you may have just been scared out of your decision.

On Friday, the king of Apple analysts, his majesty Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, predicted Apple will soon be discontinuing the iPhone X, according to a recent AppleInsider report

That’s right: Apple is due to kill off its most expensive iPhone after the summer, right when the next generation of iPhones is due and less than a year after its debut (it didn’t go on sale until Nov. 3).

In his note, Kuo appeared to imply the move was a response to weak demand, particularly in China, where smartphone buyers are said to be more skeptical of the infamous “notch.” He later clarified in a follow-up note that the iPhone X was being put out to pasture early to prevent any potential “cannibalization” of the new iPhone line that’s planned for the fall, according to MacRumors. Read more…

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Apple’s ‘I’m sorry’ for throttling old iPhones isn’t good enough for Congress

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The drama surrounding Apple’s old iPhone batteries isn’t over yet. 

Four U.S. House Republicans sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday asking for answers on batterygate. 

In December, Apple admitted to throttling the speed of older iPhones to increase battery performance, a long-time conspiracy theory among iPhone users that turned out to be true. As a result, Apple issued an apology to its customers, and announced reduced pricing for out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement, from $79 to $29. 

But the apology and explanation from the billion dollar company wasn’t enough for House Republicans, who want more answers on the subject, according to ReutersRead more…

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Attention photographers: This wireless charging pad looks like a DSLR lens

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New year, new phone? Congratulations! Speaking of the new year, wire-powered charging is so 2017. Now that the new era of smartphones is here, it’s only right that you free yourself from the nuisances of cords and cables and embrace the wireless life. No more tripping over wires, no more untangling wires, and no more dealing with flimsy cables — wireless charging is what you deserve.

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Soon you can listen to the radio directly from your Samsung phone

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Months after the FCC badgered Apple to do it, Samsung is finally unlocking the FM radio chip in its next smartphone models. 

The company announced Tuesday that its upcoming devices will contain unlocked FM radio chips. Samsung phone users will be able to access local FM radio through apps like NextRadio, which connects smartphones to nearby radio stations. 

Users were already able to stream radio stations through services like iHeartRadio and Pandora. Connecting to radio directly through the FM chip will use less data and less phone battery.  Read more…

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I deleted Facebook off my phone and you should too

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I deleted Facebook’s app off my phone more than a month ago. 

And reader: I feel free. 

My days of mindlessly scrolling through random updates from my mom’s friends and people I haven’t spoken to since high school are over. 

And yours could be too. 

You just have to delete the app. 

That’s it. Not your Facebook account. Not your life on the internet. Just the app.

The initial desire to delete started with Facebook vacuuming up so much space and battery life on my (admittedly old) iPhone 6. But it quickly became clear that my actual, non-battery, capital-L Life was also better off not having Facebook a thumbtap away. Read more…

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We don’t give kids free access to junk food. We shouldn’t give them free access to the iPhone.

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It’s fine-tuned to be as engaging as possible, so that you don’t want to put it down once you pick it up. It lacks real substance and is engineered to be desirable. With their sufficiently random rewards systems giving you unpredictable dopamine hits, they’re designed to be addictive. You don’t need it, but you want it, and companies spend billions of dollars each year to convince you to consume it. 

Once you tap, you can’t stop. 

Our addiction to smartphones has taken on many of the hallmarks of the junk food that has become ubiquitous in our culture. 

Adults have enough problems with this kind of self control in the face of advertising. For kids, it’s an entirely unreasonable ask and a growing body of research speaks to the profound negative effects smartphones are having on them. Excessive smartphone use is correlated with depression and other negative mental health outcomes.  Read more…

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These might be the most millennial iPhone cases of all time

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Do you hear how insane you sound? I can’t make any promises. Don’t call me, I’ll call you. If these are phrases you say (or want to say) on the daily, you can project that sentiment to the world with Incipio’s new collection of iPhone cases.

The mobile accessories retailer manufactures iPhone cases for trendy fashion brands such as Rebecca Minkoff and Kate Spade and collaborates with graphic designers like Joy Cho of Oh, Joy! on exclusive collections. Their latest collaboration with New York artist Baron Von Fancy (a pseudonym, obvi) fits perfectly into their wheelhouse of playful-but-pretty designs.  Read more…

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Two Apple investors want the company to study limiting children’s iPhone use

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Kids and smartphones has always been a sensitive topic, but now a two Apple investors are calling on the tech giant to actually do something about it. 

According to a story from the Wall Street Journal, Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System sent a letter to Apple asking the iPhone maker to “develop new software tools that would help parents control and limit phone use more easily and to study the impact of overuse on mental health.”

The two groups control about $2 billion in Apple stock, which is a small chunk given the company’s market value is over $900 billion.  Read more…

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Apple admits that new updates slow older iPhones—but for a good reason

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Apple is slowing down older phones to save battery life and to prevent your iPhone from shutting down. If your phone draws more power than its battery is capable of, the phone will shut down. Older batteries will also not perform as well as newer batteries. Apple is offering discounted battery replacement for customers who own an iPhone 6 or later. While this may give your old phone a boost, it does also encourage you to buy their latest products. Read more…

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Smartphones with removable batteries are never coming back

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Apple rarely apologizes when it messes up. But when it does, it’s usually followed by even more fervor and upset users.

Case in point: Apple finally admitted it did a poor job communicating to its customers about how and why it slowed down iPhones with older batteries.

And while most people will forgive the company and accept its two forthcoming solutions (a $29 battery replacement for applicable iPhones and a future software update that’ll better explain your device’s battery health), there’s an equal amount of people who are now slamming the company for not doing even more for its users, like designing iPhones with removable batteries. Read more…

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Apple announces $29 battery replacements starting today

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It’s been a rough month for Apple.

The company has been embroiled in a controversy stemming from its decision to purposely slow down older iPhones to increase battery performance. Apple issued an apology to its customers for the miscommunication, and it also promised to replace affected batteries starting in late January.

Now, Apple is going a step further by making discounted battery replacements available immediately.

Starting today, Apple is lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements from $79 to $29. The company had promised this deal when it first issued its apology on Friday, but the company just updated its website to remove mention of the “late-January” start date for the program. Read more…

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Apple finally issues an apology after its iPhone battery fiasco

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Following huge waves of criticism and several lawsuits slamming Apple for purposely slowing down older iPhones to balance power consumption from aged batteries, the tech giant has now issued an apology and has reduced the cost of an out-of-warranty battery replacement from $79 to $29.

In a message posted to its website, Apple acknowledges that it miscommunicated what was happening with its power management features that were included in software updates since at least a year ago. Apple has been blamed for not being more transparent about the sneaky maneuver.

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Here’s how (and why) people are suing Apple for slowing down older iPhones

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You may have heard: iPhone customers around the U.S. are suing Apple for slowing down their older phones. 

Class-action lawsuits have been filed in at least three states — California, Illinois, and New York.  Whether or not Apple violated any consumer rights is for the courts to decide. What is known at this point is that some people are disgruntled, though it’s for all sorts of different reasons.

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A Japanese game developer is making an app to turn your head invisible

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If you’ve ever found yourself just wanting to disappear for a while, there may soon be an app for that. 

A Japanese developer has announced that he is working on an app that will make your head disappear in photos and videos, in a tweet first spotted by DesignTAXI

The developer, Kazuya Noshiro, CEO of game development company ViRD, shared a short video of his face (mostly) camouflaged into the backdrop of his kitchen. 

It’s still not perfect. The top and sides of Noshiro’s head are still visible, and there are little slits where his eyes and mouth should be, making him look more like he’s wearing a Spirited Away mask than an invisibility cloak.  Read more…

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We’ve come to a point where people are proposing with their phone cases

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Rokshok is selling phone cases that can hide your engagement ring. This is perfect for those who want to capture the proposal right from your iPhone. The ring is also framed perfectly at the bottom of the frame so you can capture the reaction and ring at the same time. It retails for 39.95. 

Hopefully your significant other says yes. Read more…

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